Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 09, 2015 12:06 ET

Harper Government Boosts Food and Beverage Exports

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 9, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Member of Parliament Chungsen Leung, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of over $2.1 million to the Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA) to help the Canadian food processing industry gain and maintain access to new international markets.

This investment will enable the CFEA to attend international food trade shows, lead outgoing missions in key markets such as Asia, and organize in-store food promotions in the Middle East.

The goal is to increase the number of small to medium-sized food, beverage and ingredient companies that export their products, and in doing so, increase export sales for Canada's agri-food sector.

Quick Facts

  • The CFEA is a voluntary non-profit industry association founded in September 1996 by a group of fourteen companies in order to enhance export efforts in the food and beverage industry, particularly on the part of small to medium-sized enterprises.
  • The food and beverage processing industry is the largest manufacturing sector in Canada, with close to 6,200 food and processing establishments throughout the country. Companies in this sector range from small and medium sized enterprises to larger Canadian-owned and foreign-based multi-nationals.
  • This investment is being made through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing Program, which is a five-year, up to $341 million initiative under the Growing Forward 2 policy framework.

Quotes

"Our Government's top priority remains the economy and Canada's food and beverage industry plays a vital role in creating jobs and keeping our economy strong. By helping industry get the tools needed to boost sales in international markets, we are creating opportunities for Canadian farmers and companies to diversify, grow and prosper."

  • Member of Parliament Chungsen Leung

"The Canadian Food Exporters Association leverages the AgriMarketing program to provide export programs to Canadian small to mid-sized food, beverage and ingredient manufacturers to make them more competitive internationally. Our association remains dedicated to opening new markets and the continued support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's AgriMarketing program has been vital to our success and is very much appreciated."

  • Susan Powell, President and CEO, Canadian Food Exporters Association

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriMarketing (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

www.cfea.com (Canadian Food Exporters Association)

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Contact Information

  • Emily Hogeveen
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972